We tested the prestigious Cadillac SRX and enjoyed every minute of it...

prestigious, luxurious, gorgeous and swift

 the seldom-seen Cadillac (for now) caused quite a stir wherever we went

The Cadillac SRX is a genuine all-rounder, combining the advantages of two vehicle classes. The SRX provides a combination of a sporty exterior, excellent driving dynamics and on-road safety expected of a luxury station wagon with the off-road capabilities and interior space of a SUV (Sport Utility Vehicle).

Traditional Cadillac styling cues immediately identify the SRX as a member of the Cadillac family. This is the first ever 'cross-over' vehicle from Cadillac and its introduction has placed the company in a position to compete in an all new segment of the market for Cadillac.

Posh car at the posh Southern Sun - Katherine Street, Sandton

Cadillac... a name synonymous with style and prestige

For South Africa the SRX gets a 3,6 litre V6 engine... developing 190 kW @ 6500 r/min and 342 Nm @ 2800 r/min.  The 60-degree, dual overhead camshaft, 24-valve, V6 motor boasts electronic throttle control, variable valve timing, multi-port fuel injection and aluminium cylinder block and heads.

Drive is via a five-speed automatic transmission with ‘Driver Shift Control’ which offers clutchless manual shifting, electronically controlled engine braking, and downgrade detection with brake assist. Full time all-wheel drive is standard. Under normal conditions the torque split is 50:50 front to rear via a centre differential. In the event that slippage is detected, torque is directed to the wheels, or one wheel, that offers the best traction. A full suite of electronic driver aids provides a high level of active safety.

driving the Cadillac is like flying an aircraft... so smooth and oh so comfortable

The SRX includes a third row of seats providing seating for seven in the vehicle. This version includes a one touch power-fold mechanism that allows the third row of seats to be folded away into the floor area at the touch of a button to provide an expanded luggage area.

on-board computer, heated seats, mirrors, windows and locking buttons

Based on GM’s renowned Sigma architecture, like the Cadillac STS, the SRX is designed to deliver excellent driving dynamics. A near 50:50 weight distribution, low centre of gravity, outstanding powertrain, independent suspension all round and a host of vehicle stability technologies contribute to making the SRX a luxury crossover vehicle that is, at its core, great fun to drive.

Cadillac SRX Specifications:
Engine: 3.6 litre, V6, 24 valve - VVT (Variable Valve Timing)
Power: 190kW @ 6500rpm
Torque: 342Nm @ 2800rpm
Transmission: 5 Speed automatic with Driver Shift Control
Drive: All Wheel Drive
Performance: Acceleration 0-100kph 8.1 sec. Top Speed 204kph (and we managed to get there - on the reef)
Fuel index: (combined) 14.7 litres per 100km
Tank Capacity: 76 litre
Wheel: Rim Size 7.5J X 17" Cast aluminium, painted
Tyre Size: ( front / rear ) P235/65 R17 / P255/60 R17 - Spare wheel full size
ABS: (4 wheel antilock, 4 wheel disc)
Dimensions: Length 4950mm - Width 1845mm - Height with roof racks 1721mm
Wheelbase: 2957mm
Min ground clearance: 208mm
Luggage Capacity: from behind 2nd row of seats - 918 litres
Seating Capacity: 7
Curb Weight: 1960kg
Max allowable weight: 2675kg
Steering: Leather Steering wheel, Power steering, speed sensitive, rack and pinion
Seating: heated driver and passenger seats, adjustable lumbar and front power passenger seat and Memory (8-way power front and passenger seat adjuster)
Air Bags: Dual stage frontal and side impact with head curtain for driver and front passenger, front and rear outboard seating positions
Alarm: Theft Deterrent System
Park Assist: Rear Park Assist, ultrasonic with rearview LED display and audible warning
Headlamps: Xenon with headlamp washers. Front and rear fog lamps
Wipers: 3-speed and adjustable Intermittent wipers front and rear with washers
Mirrors: Outside heated power adjustable, power folding and driver side auto dimming, body colour

Audio: Audio system: AM/FM stereo, RDS, digital signal processiong and Bose 8-speaker system, Audio controls on steering wheel, 6 - CD player in Fascia

Controls: Automatic Climate Control, dual zone with individual climate settings for driver and front passenger, Rear air conditioning
Electrically operated windows. Third row power seats. Power Adjustable Pedals with memory for accelerator and brake. Power Tailgate

Remote keyless entry. Automatic Occupant sensing system. Automatic adjusting headlight level

Price: R445,500 (same as GM's Hummer H3)

the enormous, carpeted, air-conditioned boot...

also unfolds two extra seats with features like seat-belts, cup-holders and sun-roof

the Cadillac looks small... until you park it alongside a Jeep Cherokee. It's longer, wider and higher

besides the usual temp, rpm, kph and fuel, the dash displays a wealth of information... like fuel range,

mirrors that tilt downward when parking,           seat that adjusts automatically when exiting,

average fuel consumption,                                          total fuel used,


including time stopped with engine running,        charging rate (battery needs to be strong),

                      service intervals,                             sensors tell you when you're getting 'too close',

right front tyre is softer than the rest...

car lights up when exiting and entering,

and many others, too many to feature here


Thanks to Tim Hendon and his team at General Motors South Africa for the drive,

The luxurious Cadillac made us feel like royalty.